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Make Big Oil Pay

A campaign coordinated by VPIRG to liberate oil company profits to compensate for the damage caused by burning fossil fuels

The VPIRG Campaign ‘Make Big Oil Pay’ came to Richmond on October 25th.  Next steps:  Encourage legislators to support it!  (Our representative Jana Brown already does)
Climate Book Discussions


The next book discussion, in May, will be of “The Quickening: Creation and Community at the Ends of the Earth” – by Elizabeth Rush.
The author travels to the Thwaites ‘Doomsday’ Glacier. An astonishing, vital book about Antarctica, climate change, and motherhood from the author of Rising, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.
In 2019, fifty-seven scientists and crew set out onboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer. Their destination: Thwaites Glacier. Their goal: to learn as much as possible about this mysterious place, never before visited by humans, and believed to be both rapidly deteriorating and capable of making a catastrophic impact on global sea-level rise.


Feb 2024 Book (February 21st, 4pm):
The Heat Will Kill You First by Jeff Goodell.

The author is a climate reporter for Rolling Stone.
This book has a lot of useful information, practical steps we need to take to protect the most vulnerable from extreme heat.

The Heat Will Kill You First is about the extreme ways in which our planet is already changing. It is about why spring is coming a few weeks earlier and fall is coming a few weeks later and the impact that will have on everything from our food supply to disease outbreaks. It is about what will happen to our lives and our communities when typical summer days in Chicago or Boston go from 90° F to 110°F. A heatwave, Goodell explains, is a predatory event—one that culls out the most vulnerable people. But that is changing. As heatwaves become more intense and more common, they will become more democratic. As an award-winning journalist who has been at the forefront of environmental journalism for decades, Goodell’s new book may be his most provocative yet, explaining how extreme heat will dramatically change the world as we know it.

Books are available to borrow from the library. Please join us for conversation on February 21 at 4 pm in the Community Room. Website (library): here

Nov 2023 Book:
The Nutmeg’s Curse by Amitav Ghosh
Discussion Questions here

In this ambitious successor to The Great Derangement, acclaimed writer Amitav Ghosh finds the origins of our contemporary climate crisis in Western colonialism’s violent exploitation of human life and the natural environment.
The Nutmeg’s Curse frames climate change and the Anthropocene as the culmination of a history that begins with the discovery of the New World and of the sea route to the Indian Ocean. Ghosh makes the case that the political dynamics of climate change today are rooted in the centuries-old geopolitical order that was constructed by Western colonialism. This argument is set within a broader narrative about human entanglements with botanical matter—spices, tea, sugarcane, opium, and fossil fuels—and the continuities that bind human history with these earthly materials. Ghosh also writes explicitly against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests, and international immigration debates, among other pressing issues, framing these ongoing crises in a new way by showing how the colonialist extractive mindset is directly connected to the deep inequality we see around us today.

May 2023 Book:

Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 pm Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

In this bestselling collection of essays, Indigenous scientist Robin Wall Kimmerer shows how other living beings—plants, berries, salamanders—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten to hear their voices. Described by readers as “gentle, simple, tactile, beautiful, even sacred,” this book opens our eyes as to how acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world can awaken a wider ecological consciousness.
Books (and an audiobook) are available to borrow from the library. Please join us for conversation (and cookies) on May 24 at 7 pm in the Community Room.
Library Information here.


February 2023 Book:

In collaboration with the Richmond Free Library, the discussion book this February is We Are the Weather, by Jonathan Safran Foer.  Several copies are available at the Richmond library. It is a great read and we hope you will join the discussion on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023 at 4 pm at the Richmond Free Library.
We Are the Weather explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way.
The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves―with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat―and don’t eat―for breakfast.

November 2022 Book:

In collaboration with the Richmond Free Library, we hosted discussion of Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson. Described as “a masterpiece of the imagination,” the “cli-fi” novel speaks of how climate change will affect us all. In it, Robinson paints a picture of the world’s nations cooperating to address the climate crisis, succeeding in greatly lowering carbon emissions, and creating a livable future.

Copies of the book are currently available to borrow from the Richmond Library. All are welcome to join the discussion at the library on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 4 pm.

Community Project: What Will Suffice – Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis
Collaboration with Radiate Art Space:  Exhibit and Book/Catalogue

The Climate Art Catalog is now available at the Richmond Community Kitchen.
(Hours: M, Tu, Th, F 10-4; Wed 10-6).
Or, contact radiate.art.space@gmail.com to arrange a pick up or a mail delivery.
Thanks to an anonymous grant the price is just $10. Copies are limited — to reserve a copy email radiate.art.space@gmail.com

Radiate Art Space and the Richmond Climate Action Committee are pleased to announce the publication of a catalog of the community Climate Art exhibit at the Richmond  Free Library.  The catalog, What Will Suffice: Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis, includes fine color photographs of the artwork in the exhibit, as well as a foreword from Bill McKibben and introduction by Alexis Lathem.

The format is 8.5” x 11”, forty page soft-cover book printed on recycled paper by a company that makes sustainability a priority. Thanks to an anonymous grant the price is just $10.

See https://www.radiateartspace.org/
To reserve/purchase a copy:  https://www.radiateartspace.org/new-page-4


Mission Statement

The Richmond Climate Action Committee is a citizen committee dedicated to reducing our town’s contribution to the climate crisis, while building a just, resilient, and sustainable community through local action. 

Mission Challenge

The global challenge is clearly laid out by the UN-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2021 Report hereThe Report has been called “a code red for humanity. The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable”.  Future actions will determine how the world’s seven billion people will survive on a hotter planet and whether these actions will prevent far worse storms, floods, extinctions and wildfires.

Everyone must do their part, but rich countries and rich people’s lifestyles have been and still are the most polluting, so equity demands that they carry the greater burden of combating the climate catastrophe – the disadvantaged can only do so much.  All the world’s countries must work together to severely limit greenhouse gas emissions.  The affluent countries have benefited by far the most from burning fossil fuels, so those countries with large populations and highly polluting lifestyles (such as the US) are being called on to help the less affluent countries develop their economies in a sustainable way.  And the same principle will have to be applied to inequity within countries.

Richmond Climate Action Committee works at the local level, in our Town and at County and State levels.  We recognize that individual actions are important, though often only possible if towns and states enable them though incentives, ordinances and regulations, and by providing grants and services such as public transport.  The challenges cover all aspects of our lives – transportation, home heating, diet and agriculture, consumption and recycling

  • Our recent actions have included:
  • An art show at the library, soon to appear as a book;
  • informational and inspirational postings to Front Porch Forum;
  • Active involvement in Town Committees and engaging with our representatives;
  • Tours of local ‘green’ homes;
  • Pushing for sidewalks and bike lanes and non-motorized travel to the Park and Ride and other transportation opportunities;
  • Promoting battery-powered vehicles and bikes, equipment for lawn and yard care; obtaining funding for a charging station at the Town Center and helping Richmond Police Dept to purchase an electric cruiser.

Join us and Contact us!
At present we meet ‘online’ each month on the third Thursday of each month to plan our activities. Contact us here
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RCANVT/

Active Members include: 
Jeff Forward (Town Energy Coordinator), Betsy Hardy, Chris Granda, Gary Beckwith,  Ian Stokes, Fran Pomerantz, Steve Bower, Virginia Clarke, Judy Bush, Alexis Lathem,  Allen Knowles (Liaison with Transportation Committee), Ariana Matthews-Salzman.